Cheryl Lucas was born and grew up in Central Otago. She has a Diploma in Fine and Applied Art (Distinction Graphics) from Otago School of Art, Dunedin (1975) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Printmaking (Lithography) from Wimbledon College of Art, London (1979).
Cheryl taught ceramics and drawing at Ara Institute for 18 years and since 2005 has been a full time ceramicist working from her home based studio in Lyttelton.
She has been exhibiting regularly since the 1990s. Recent awards include Portage Ceramics Merit Award (2017) for her work ‘Milkstock’, and Sculpture on the Peninsula (2011) Premier Award for her “Harder Larder” installation. In 2013 Cheryl attended a residency in Sturt, Mittagong, Australia and in 2007 the FuLe International Ceramic Art Centre, Fuping, Shaanxi, China.
Since the Christchurch Earthquakes Cheryl has made many replica architectural ceramics to replace those lost on many significant buildings in the city.
Cheryl’s work is held in the collections of the Christchurch Art Gallery, Canterbury Museum, Museu del Cantir d’Argentona, Spain, Ceramic Art Museum of Australasia, FuLe International Contemporary Ceramic Art Museums, Fu Ping, Shaaznxi, China, Lincoln University and Ara. Recent solo exhibitions at The National include The Firing Line (2018) and B Side (2015) and MUD (2014).
In 2017 Cheryl was made a member of the International Ceramic Association, IAC.
In 2019 Cheryl was awarded the Creative New Zealand Craft/Object Fellowship.